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After School Newsletter

February 2011


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Important Dates

FRIDAY, FEB. 11 - Valentine's Dance (7-9 p.m.)

SATURDAY, FEB. 19 - LEGO Robotics Team competes at the Nebraska Robotics Expo at the Strategic Air and Space Museum (Ashland, NE)

RECognized Student of the Month
Irving Rec. Center is pleased to announce that seventh-grader Raina E. has been selected as our February RECognized Student of the Month. Raina is involved in many after school activities at the rec. center including Student Advisory Board, Go Green, Art Club, Homework Room, International Cooking, and much more.  She is always safe, respectful, and responsible. Congratulations, Raina!
Safe Place Campaign
In last month's newsletter, we introduced our Safe Place Campaign, a month-long initiative to reinforce the sense of safety and security we want all young people to experience after school.  One component of this campaign encouraged youth to report on a daily basis whether or not they felt safe at the rec. center.  We hope you are as pleased with the results as we are (see below).
Safe Place Campaign
Sources: *IRC 2011 Safe Place Campaign Survey; **IRC Youth Outcome Assessment 2009-2010; ***Search Institute (
Positive Youth Development
Irving Recreation Center is dedicated to offering young people the supports and experiences necessary to grow up happy and successful. Each month's email from the Rec. Center will include ideas for how everyone can respond to the changes and challenges of raising our kids in positive, healthy ways. This month we consider the role boundaries and expectations play in the lives of young people.


Learning the difference between right and wrong

Boundaries are important to young people because the give clear messages about what's expected. By the same token, caring adults who expect young people to do their best help them to learn good judgment. Every day young people face many options and choices. Boundaries and expectations provide young people with the support the need to choose wisely. Boundaries and Expectations is one of the eight asset categories that make up Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets, the qualities, experiences, and relationships that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.


Here are the facts

Research shows the more young people have clear, consistent boundaries and high expectations the more likely they are to grow up healthy. Search Institute has identified six assets in the Boundaries and Expectations category that are crucial for helping young people succeed: Family Boundaries, School Boundaries, Neighborhood Boundaries, Adult Role Models, Positive Peer Influence, and High Expectations.


Tips for building these assets

Start with your own self-awareness: Are you self-disciplined? What are your expectations for yourself? What was expected of you when you were young? By considering these questions, you'll be better prepared to talk with young people about them. Modeling responsible behavior is important when establishing boundaries and expectations. Provide clear messages, appropriate consequences, and realistic expectations.


Want to know more about Search Institute's other seven asset categories or the 40 Developmental Assets and ideas for helping young people build them? Visit

Take care,

Dan Payzant
Center Director
Developmental Assets® are positive factors within young people, families, communities, schools, and other settings that research has found to be important in promoting the healthy development of young people. From Instant Assets: 52 Short and Simple E-Mails for Sharing the Asset Message. Copyright © 2007 by Search Institute®, 877-240-7251; This message may be reproduced for educational, noncommercial uses only (with this copyright line). All rights reserved.